There are two things that dogs enjoy more than anything: belly rubs and treats.
Well, not all dogs enjoy belly rubs, but every dog on the planet adores a tasty treat.
In fact, dogs will resort to anything to get their treats, including deception.
But how do we know what's good for our dogs and what's not?
Some types of human food are safe to serve as treats. However, finding healthy dog treats can seem like a difficult task, as there are so many options to choose from.
Keep reading to find out what treats we can use to reward our dogs without feeling guilty about it.
Dogs require a total of 22 amino acids to support optimal metabolic function. A dog's liver produces only 12 of these amino acids, whereas the other 10 must come from the dog's diet.
Both grains and meat can provide these acids. That said, meat is easier for dogs to digest, and it's a complete protein source.
So what’s the best way to select the right healthy dog treats that contain meat?
Always check the ingredients. High-quality meat-based treats list the meat at the top.
A great example of this is Zuke's Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe. It contains only three and a half calories in each treat, and it isn't made with cheap fillers such as soy or corn.
There are many great options for jerky as well. Rocco & Roxie Supply Co Jerky is a healthy option, and our furry friends love it!
Dogs love to chew on things, sometimes to the detriment of everyone around them. This is why it's important to include chew treats in their diet.
Chew treats are unique because they can improve a dog's dental health. These treats help ensure that a dog doesn't experience too much tartar and plaque buildup.
However, some chew treats are more effective at improving dental health than others.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) includes a black and white seal on the back of products that meet their pre-requisites.
Greenies Dental Treats not only have the VOHC's seal of approval, but they're also irresistible to dogs. These treats come in various sizes and textures, making them ideal for dogs of any breed or age.
Biscuits are the ideal treat for any owner looking to avoid a greasy mess.
When selecting for the healthiest biscuit treats, avoid options that contain artificial preservatives. Examples of these preservatives include ethoxyquin, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and propyl gallate.
The next thing to consider is the size of the biscuit. Different sized dogs require different sized treats.
Old Mother Hubbard Crunchy Classic Dog Treats contain only natural ingredients and come in three sizes. Also, they come in a variety of flavors that dogs crave.
Your dog's diet needs healthy dog treats to compliment the best dry dog food you can find.
Keep in mind that treats should only constitute approximately 10% of any dog's daily calorie intake. We recommend consulting a vet, who can make an accurate determination based on the dog's weight and activity level.
An easy way to determine the right amount on your own is to check the calories on the package. The vast majority of manufacturers are eager to list how many calories are in each treat.
Does your dog have a favorite healthy treat? Let us know in the comment section below!